by Nathan J. Anderson
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream Paper
BISAC: Fiction / Christian / Fantasy
“DEATH. It’s the one experience everyone will share – except for Jak Hamelton, at least that’s what the plaque promised.
Three words whirl Jak to a particular garden paradise where a treacherous interaction between Man, Woman and a snake usher death and evil into the world. When a mysterious benefactor named El offers Jak the opportunity to bring the dead back to life and live forever, it sounds like an impossible dream. But after Jak’s grandfather unexpectedly begins aging backwards, it appears the dream just might be reality.
However, the weapon Jak’s been given to defeat death and evil doesn’t even work yet, and the serpent Beelz isn’t willing to give up the Earth without a fight. Besides that, there’s the poison…
Is it really true that the dead can live forever? What will it take to restore paradise?”
Jak and the Scarlet Thread is the first of a series of young adult/tween Biblical fantasy adventure books that will take readers through the entire Bible, starting with the tumultuous first nine chapters of Genesis. My goal is to help people discover God and his ultimate rescue plan as it unfolds through the ordinary people and extraordinary events of Scripture.
Blessings on you as you dive into the adventure!
Nathan J. Anderson
Comments from people who’ve read Jak
“Reading Jak & the Scarlet Thread is like stepping into a fun house at the amusement park. You’ll be caught off balance, surprised, and taken on a thrilling adventure. And beneath it all swells the current of another, even bigger story. Once you open this book, get ready to be transported with Jak to amazing places…where you’ll see wonderful new things…as well as some familiar things in a profoundly new way.”
R.K. Mortensen – Author of the Landon Snow series
“I liked Jak and the Scarlet Thread because there is a lot of suspense. I didn’t want to stop reading it!”
–Davis G., age 12
“An engaging, imaginative, fast-paced story that both parents and kids will stay up late to see what happens next!”
–Karl Bastian, founder of Kidology.org and author of The Order of the Ancient. www.orderoftheancient.com
“Finally a fantasy book I can feel good about my children reading! …actually causes the reader, kids included, to consider what it was really like when Bible ‘stories’ happened and then go on to a deeper understanding of the theological implications. Brilliant.”
–Kristin G., mom
“Extremely well written! I can’t wait for the sequel.”
–Christian E., age 12
“I’ve read a lot of fantasy books in my life. I love to read. However Jak and The Scarlet Thread is by far my favorite book of all. It is full of adventure, fantasy, and a little bit of Christianity. The cool thing about it is if I wasn’t a Christian I wouldn’t be able to tell if it was a Christian book or not.”
–Cully H., age 12
“In a genre filled with vampires, witches, and wizards, Nathan Anderson has written a story that is filled with life. Jak and the Scarlet Thread is a nonstop thrill ride and the best part is that it dives into the greatest stories of history. Once you start reading it, you will not want to put it down. Watch out Percy and Harry here comes Jak!”
–Terry Cuthbertson, children’s pastor, Spring Creek Assembly, creativekidspastor.com
“I really enjoyed the way this book looked at something so familiar to me at a different angle. This book made me laugh and wish against the inevitable.”
–Gabe R., age 15
“Good and evil flame into full color through the tumultuous twists and turns of Jak and the Scarlet Thread, a gripping read.”
–Ellen E., mom
“Jak and the Scarlet Thread is a fantastic book for preteens! The book captures the imagination of young people and I highly recommend it. Nathan has a big heart for God and is a gifted writer & communicator.”
–Nick Diliberto – Creator of PreteenMinistry.net, a website that provides creative resources for preteen ministry.
“Jak and the Scarlet Thread is a good book for children because of the way it brings evil into the world without being violent or scary.”
–Joel G., age 9
“Readers young and old will see the familiar Sunday School stories in a whole new light and no one will be prepared for the deadly twists along the way.”
–Brian C. Jacobs, author of The Enigma Squad series. www.enigmasquad.com
“Jak and the Scarlet Thread is going to take you for a ride that you don’t want to get off. As the pages unfold so does the story and you will find yourself immersed in the world that Nathan has created. The book is not overtly Christian to a point that turns the reader off; but more interlinks the familiar biblical story in a contemporary way that you will really enjoy. The book impressed me and I am hoping there are more to follow. Come on Nathan, back to work!!!”
–Funny Man Dan, TheThursdayBlog.com